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PadMan Movie Review: Akshay Kumar As Lakshmikant Drives Home a Significant Message

News18.com | February 9, 2018, 12:41 PM IST
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After giving a strong performance in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar is back with another social drama PadMan, which talks about one of the most rampant taboos in India- 'menstruation'. The film, directed by R Balki, is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating the low-cost sanitary napkins machine. The film also sees Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in key roles. But will the film be worth all the hype? Will it be able to remove the taboo attached to periods or turn out to be Bollywood's another preachy drama? Shrishti Negi from News18.com is inside the theatre to find out.
Feb 9, 2018 12:41 pm (IST)

Not all heroes wear capes and Akshay Kumar's character Lakshmikant is one such man. Kudos to the original superhero Arunachalam Muruganantham for his work! 

Feb 9, 2018 12:38 pm (IST)

If Akshay Kumar owns the film, it's Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor's energy that keeps the narrative flowing. 

Feb 9, 2018 12:22 pm (IST)

Akshay Kumar delivers a fine performance and leads a film that's perhaps a much-needed step in the direction of breaking taboos around menstruation in India. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:54 am (IST)

Akshay Kumar now delivers a monologue to break taboos around menstruation. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:44 am (IST)

Here's another song titled Hu Ba Hu from the film which shines a spotlight on Sonam and Akshay's common goal. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:42 am (IST)


PadMan marks the debut production of Twinkle Khanna and the actor-turned-author said she's hopeful that the film will bring a spotlight on something that has been hidden in the darkness for so long. "If nothing else, I am hoping that it will start a conversation within homes. Something that has been hidden in the darkness, furtively wrapped in newspaper, will finally be in the spotlight so that a young girl can go up to her parents and say that she needs sanitary pads over the ubiquitous fairness creams," she had said.

Feb 9, 2018 11:31 am (IST)

Sonam and Akshay as Pari and Lakshmi are now on a joint mission to provide sanitary pads across villages. One for the cause! 

Feb 9, 2018 11:29 am (IST)

In case you missed out, here's the romantic track titled Aaj Se Teri, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in key roles. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:22 am (IST)

Sonam Kapoor's character Pari brings in the much-needed revolution in the film but as it turns out, Akshay Kumar continues to own the film. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:19 am (IST)

Sridevi, Jahnvi Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sonali Bendre and other celebrities were spotted at a special screening of Akshay Kumar-starrer PadMan. 

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Feb 9, 2018 11:08 am (IST)

Sonam Kapoor, who plays Pari in the film, only arrives in the second half. Let's see what her performance has in store for the viewers. 

Feb 9, 2018 11:08 am (IST)

R Balki, in an interview, explained the similarities he saw between Akshay and Muruganantham. "We all know Akshay Kumar is a huge star and a good actor, but I think he is a magnificent actor. Most people make a lot of fuss about theories of acting, schools of acting and intellectualized cinema, he doesn't do anything that's why he is lot like Muruganatham. He just keeps on doing it and he doesn't talk about it. When an actor doing a biopic of a person, it is very tempting for an actor to study his body language and to see how he talks or walks but Akshay didn't look any of that. He just listened to what kind of character and human Murugantham is," he had said. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:50 am (IST)

In an earlier interview, Akshay Kumar was asked about if he wanted to reach out to the government to cut down on GST rate of sanitary napkins, the actor had firmly replied, "Why just cut down on GST? I think women should have free access to sanitary napkins. This is their basic necessity. It is about menstrual hygiene and not luxury. It is unfortunate and I am ashamed to say that 82 percent women in this country have no access to sanitary pads and they are mistreated during those five days of their menstruation period. This is unfortunate," he had said.

Feb 9, 2018 10:49 am (IST)

It's halftime and as the reviewer suggests, the pre-interval scene is one of the most important moments to look out for. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:41 am (IST)

In case you missed out, here's The Pad Man Song which introduces us to the quirks of Akshay Kumar's character Lakshmikant. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:34 am (IST)

Padman has so far impressed with strong performances and worthy music scores. Akshay Kumar paints a believable picture while Radhika Apte delivers what the character demands.

Feb 9, 2018 10:21 am (IST)


Radhika Apte, who plays a key role in the film, had earlier said that the menstruation taboo has not only existed among men but also among women who are conditioned for years not to talk about the natural process openly. "Mothers taught their daughters how not to talk about it openly, not to go to the kitchen or not to enter the temple. So it does not just exist among men but women as well. Though I think one film cannot bring all the changes to a practice that is happening for ages, if people start talking about menstruation comfortably, be aware of the importance of menstruation hygiene, it would be more than enough for us. And it is also about the journey of an individual who struggled through his life for a cause. It is an incredible story," she had said in an interview. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:18 am (IST)

The healing power of humour is well known but it looks like R Balki has used humour to drive home a significant message this time. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:14 am (IST)

Just before the official release, the makers of PadMan initiated a PadManChallenge on social media wherein they challenged other actors to post photographs with sanitary pads in their hands. Several celebrities including the likes of Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone had accepted and participated in the challenge. While some social media users appreciated the challenge, others termed it a "marketing gimmick" and criticised the team for wasting pads just for photographs. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:08 am (IST)

Even in today's time, there's a stigma attached to menstruation and the film has gotten that part right it seems. 

Feb 9, 2018 10:00 am (IST)

Akshay Kumar plays Lakshmikant, a dedicated family man, an understanding husband, and a creative innovator. His character does sound like an ideal man! 

Feb 9, 2018 9:54 am (IST)

Interestingly, PadMan has also become the first Bollywood movie to release in Russia, Ivory Coast and Iraq on the same day as it hits the screens in India. The news was shared by the film's producer Twinkle Khanna on Twitter.

Feb 9, 2018 9:45 am (IST)

From promoting the movie via a campaign called #PadManChallenge on social media to collaborating with spoken word poet Aranya Johar for a powerful poem #BleedingRani, Akshay has so far successfully managed to create enough buzz and conversation around the film. 

Feb 9, 2018 9:43 am (IST)

Looks like Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte's chemistry will play a key role in the film. 

Feb 9, 2018 9:34 am (IST)

"When I started, I never imagined that a movie will be made on my story," wrote Arunachalam Muruganantham on Twitter. With a hope that the film starts a conversation, Muruganantham on Thursday night thanked the entire team of PadMan including Akshay Kumar for leaving his comfort zone and Twinkle Khanna for taking up his story.

Feb 9, 2018 9:27 am (IST)

In case you missed out, here's the trailer of the film that has created quite a stir on social media even before its official theatrical release. 

Feb 9, 2018 9:25 am (IST)

PadMan is based on a short story in Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad and is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine to bring a menstrual hygiene revolution for women.

Feb 9, 2018 9:22 am (IST)

R Balki's PadMan, co-starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in key roles, is all set to hit the theatres today after pushing its release date to secure a solo release for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. 

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